Rewind to March 2014 and a drab performance against Bayern Munich saw the Daily Mail's Neil Ashton accuse Mesut Ozil of 'stealing a living' from Arsenal. Now, the only thing Ozil is stealing is Premier League records.
The Gunners salvaged a point from Sunday's north London derby despite Tottenham Hotspur having a host of chances to kill the game off. Spurs dominated the opening 45-minutes, but a tactical switch during the interval saw Arsene Wenger pull parity from the jaws of defeat.
That switch saw Mesut Ozil roam to the right from his central position and allowed him to get into position to swing crosses into the box. It worked. He created seven chances in the second-half after creating zero in the first.
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Everything he whipped in seemed to find the hapless head of Olivier Giroud. Having seen the Frenchman miss two clear chances, Ozil chose to ignore Giroud, instead sailing the ball towards Kieran Gibbs at the far post. The England international did not let his superb pass go to waste.
It was Ozil's eighth assist in six Premier League games. It was also enough to see him claim the record for most consecutive assists in England's elite division. Cesc Fabregas also has six, but his games are separated between his spells with Arsenal and Chelsea, three years apart.
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But his assisting is not the only reason why Arsenal fans are flocking to get Ozil reprinted on the back of their shirts. Twitter has been waxing statistical about the Germany international all day.
Here we treat you to some of the very best.
Here is the pass that has everyone talking
Here are his passes in a neat little video
Had Giroud been on form, Ozil would have collected more than his solitary assist against Spurs yesterday. The 27-year-old proved he has the ability to make a significant difference in this season's title race.
Keeping him fit will be vital and Wenger will be watching closely as Germany take on France and the Netherlands in two competitive friendlies in the upcoming international break. Any significant injury will surely be fatal to their hopes of winning the Premier League.
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